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The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life Hardcover – December 1, 2010

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Based on the science behind the health breakthrough that won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine, The Immortality Edge is the book that shares the priceless secrets to your long and healthy life.

When Carol Greider, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Jack Szostak won the Nobel Prize for their pioneering research on telomeres and telomerase, few people at the time outside the scientific world understood the truly life-changing implications of their work and how their amazing discoveries could be used to slow aging and the onset of diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer. The first popular book on this huge breakthrough, The Immortality Edge translates the latest research into a highly prescriptive program that will show you how to live a longer and more vital life by protecting your telomeres.

Telomeres keep our chromosomes intact, in the manner of the plastic caps that hold the ends of shoelaces together. As cells divide and replicate, telomeres eventually shorten; when they become too short, cells die. The great news is that you can slow telomere shortening and rejuvenate your cells by making relatively simple health and lifestyle changes. This extraordinary book shows you how, step by step.

Written by authors with extensive knowledge of genetics, telomeres, and longevity, The Immortality Edge gives you a complete program that incorporates specific recommendations regarding supplements, diet, stress-reduction techniques, and exercise. For each component of the program, you'll find clear explanations of the science behind the recommendations along with guidance and advice on how to implement them. The Immortality Edge is fully backed by the most up-to-date research findings and includes:

  • A two-phase supplement plan with detailed explanations and dosage information

  • Techniques that will reduce stress at the cellular level, improve your concentration, and help you sleep better

  • Eating guidelines to safeguard your telomeres, including the top twenty telomere-friendly foods

  • Fourteen days of meal plans

  • Fitness plans tailored to your own fitness level that combine interval, endurance, and resistance training advice

Long, healthy telomeres hold the key to a longer, healthier life. Start taking advantage of the Nobel Prize–winning breakthrough and give yourself the immortality edge—here and now.

From the Back Cover

Unlock the secrets of telomere research to live a longer, healthier life

"The Immortality Edge is destined to become the classic fountain-of-youth action plan. I can'twait to integrate its very practical protocols for cutting-edge supplements, meditation, and fitness today."
—Ann Louise Gittleman, New York Times bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan and Zapped

"If you want to not only live longer but also have an improved quality of life as you age, you simply must read this book—it is the best in the field. The Immortality Edge is loaded with gems that will help you not only slow down the aging process, but also age gracefully."
—Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of Mercola.com, the world's most visited natural health site

"For the first time ever, this book revelas the science behind the secrets in our cells with solid documentation and practical applications that everyone can follow. A realistic way for anyone to begin to feel younger—today and every day."
—Jeffry S. Life, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Cenegenics and author of The Life Plan

"Scientific yet simple, this book is probably as close to chicken soup for the cells as we are likely to get."
—Mark Victor Hansen, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series

"The Immortality Edge is the first book to provide a rational blueprint for humans to achieve indefinitely extended life spans."
—William Faloon, cofounder of the Life Extension Foundation

"Science is finally closing in on the day when you can enjoy endless youth. Following the simple steps in The Immortality Edge will help get you there."
—David A. Kekich, CEO of the Maximum Life Foundation

"This remarkable book reveals the Nobel Prize–winning discoveries that allow everyday people to turn back the clock and reclaim the radiant health they thought they had lost forever. If that isn't a miracle, I don't know what is."
—Dr. Joe Vitale, author of The Attractor Factor

"Unlike so much of what is out there, The Immortality Edge offers a totally breakthrough approach that is cutting-edge and at the same time easy to understand and implement. I look forward to my 150th birthday party and skiing down a double-black-diamond hill in Aspen!"
—George Hamilton

"The holy grail of anti-aging and life extension."
—Dave Lakhani, author of Persuasion


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470873906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470873908
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have centenarians in my family so I was really curious about what this book has to offer in terms of longevity.

The idea behind the book is so compelling and I really wanted to like this book. But after a few chapters, it started to read like an infomercial for TA65 and various supplements to "possibly" prolong your life. Whether that works remains to be seen. But the cost of taking all these supplements will set you back a few thousand a year and have you popping pills all over the place.

Yes I understand that the food we eat today aren't as nutrient dense compared to food from 100 years ago but still, putting so much emphasis on supplements as opposed to WHOLE foods sound suspect when one of the authors sells the recommended supplements.

Let's see where else we can get these nutrients from: coenzyme Q10, carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamins A, D, E, K, many of the B vitamin complexes, essential fatty acids, lutein, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, iron, taurine, and selenium can be found in unprocessed meat (especially organs), eggs and quality dairy. Instead of dropping a few grand on supplements, I spend it on supporting small organic farmers that pasture their animals, which in turn provide me with quality food with the nutrients embedded in them.

The book contradicted itself by sort of recommending paleo and then saying vegetarians live longer. Perhaps this is due to the conflicting views of the authors, but it really turned me off that they can't be unanimous with their dietary advice.

I'm still waiting for more proof regarding telomere length and longevity because the telomeres of progeria children aren't short even though they age faster.
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First off, I realize that I am overwhelmingly outnumbered as there are twenty-something five-star reviews. The book has only been out since December of 2010, and so there hasn't been time for the book to be critically reviewed by the medical or scientific community. I am not attacking any reviewer personally, I am simply suggesting caution.

After reading the book myself, I felt compelled to write a less-than-positive review, not because I know for certain that the information is incorrect, but simply based on the extreme lack of verifiable information in the book. Since I happen to live near the University of California in San Francisco, I have contacted Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn's lab to find out her and her associates' own views on the suggestions in this book, as I've found none in my research. Until then, I am giving the book 3 stars. If she or her lab gets back to me with positive accounts, then I will change my initial review.

First of all, let me say that Greta Blackburn is not Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn. I doubt that the authors are trying to confuse readers, but I can easily see how the cursory reader would confuse the two. Dr. Blackburn, Dr. Greider, and Dr. Stozstak in fact did win the Nobel Prize in 2009 for their research on telomerase and telomeres, however they are not associated with the authors of this book in any way that I have been able to find. I, of course, could be wrong. As far as I know, the only suggestion Dr. Blackburn has ever made concerning healthy telomere length is the reduction of chronic stress.

A red flag that I found was the abnormally high doses of supplements suggested by these authors in their "practical" program. The amounts are far above the normal recommendations. Yet, that isn't the main cause of concern for me.
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Telomeres are everywhere in the news lately. Just yesterday the Wall St. Journal featured an article about mice that were growing younger. Last year the Nobel prize was awarded to scientists researching telomeres and telomerase and how they cause us to grow old. But does anyone without a PhD have any idea what a telomere is? I suspect it has something to do with staying forever young- and sure, I want that - but how does the telomere thing apply to ME? How do I make it happen? Read this book and it tells you how! Step by step.

The authors are experts in the field, and give an in-depth and easy to understand description of what the telomere is, what it does, and why it is so important. They believe that immortality is right around the corner and soon people will be able to live long past age 120. They aren't kooks, though. They maintain that it's our responsibility to take optimal care of ourselves through diet, fitness, meditation and stress reduction, so we can take full advantage of what science will eventually have to offer.

The book gets into detail about what you can do right now in the way of supplements that are already available and are being developed to lengthen telomeres. (These aren't called drugs because the FDA doesn't recognize aging as a disease). But they're expensive and most people aren't going to run out and buy them anyway. So that's not the point of the book. The real value in The Immortality Edge is the longevity plan it maps out. The authors have developed a very specific diet, supplement and workout plan. I'm an avid reader of fitness and anti-aging material, and this is one of the best and most applicable lifestyle plans that I've seen in a long time. It's very realistic and perfect for those of us over-40,50,60, 70 even.
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